Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Thomas Mackenzie Batchen was born in Inverness in 1866, the son of George Batchen. He was educated at Farraline Park School and privately. After serving his pupilage with Murdoch Paterson, MICE., of Inverness, he was engaged in railway engineering work in Scotland. In 1898 he was appointed Treasury engineer to the Irish Board of Works, and supervised the construction of sixty-eight miles of light railway in Co. Donegal. He was appointed chief engineer to the Board of Works on 1 January 1905, and in 1924 became Inspector of Railway Accidents for the Department of Industry and Commerce. He retired from the Board of Works in 1932 and died in July 1950. He had married Anne Reid, only daughter of John Cooke, of Co. Derry, in 1900, and by the time of the 1911 census had two daughters and a son.

ICEI: elected member, 1905; member of council, 1915.

Address: 67 Rathgar Road, Dublin, 1905;  14 Temple Gardens, Rathmines, 1911.


All information in this entry is from ICEI membership applications, III, 220, from the biography (with photograph) of Batchen in E. Macdowel Cosgrave, ed., Dublin and County Dublin in the Twentieth Century (1908), 255, and from his obituary in TICEI 78 (1953), 292.

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Nature: Breakwater 150 feet long by 20 feet wide. Length of piles ranging from 15 feet to over 30 feet, depending on the depth of the harbour bed.
Refs: Description of construction in L. G. Mouchel, Hennebique Ferro-Concrete (1909), 334 (illus.) (in IAA collection, IEI 151).

Author Title Date Details
Batchen, Thomas M. 'Water Power in Co. Donegal' 1918 IB 60, 16 Mar 1918, 147